New to Blu-ray: ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, BLADE RUNNER Collector’s Edition, MAGIC MIKE and More

     October 22, 2012

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This week on Blu-ray, the revisionist Abraham Lincoln story comes to Blu, Blade Runner gets a 30th Anniversary edition upgrade, and Steven Soderbergh’s seriously great “male stripper movie” comes to home video.  Briefly:

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter [Blu-ray]

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This action-oriented adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith novel didn’t exactly connect with audiences the way producers were hoping, but you can now watch President Lincoln chop up vampires in the comfort of your own home.  The Blu-ray disc is pretty light on special features, as it includes a commentary track from Grahame-Smith, “The Great Calamity” graphic novel, a making-of featurette, a visuals-oriented featurette called A Visual Feast: Timur Bekmambetov’s Visual Style, and the Linkin Park music video “Powerless.”

Blade Runner 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition (4-Disc Blu-ray / DVD +UltraViolet Digital Copy Combo Pack)

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Yet another version of Ridley Scott’s classic sci-fi film Blade Runner is coming to home video.  The 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition includes all five versions of the film on Blu-ray and DVD: The Final Cut, 1992 Director’s Cut, Domestic and International Theatrical versions, and the Workprint version that was previoiusly only available on the 25th Anniversary edition.  The set also includes an UltraViolet copy of The Final Cut, never-before-seen production photos, a 72-page production art book, a collectible motion lenticular card, and all 10+ hours of special features that were previously included on the 2007 Ultimate Collector’s Edition.

Fear & Desire [Blu-ray]

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Legendary director Stanley Kubrick’s narrative feature film debut is now available on Blu-ray.  Though the filmmaker later called Fear & Desire “a bumbling amateur film exercise,” it’s a neat piece of history relating to one of the most visionary directors of all time.  The only bonus feature included is Kubrick’s first color film, the documentary The Seafarers, but the availability of Fear & Desire is a treasure unto itself.

Magic Mike (Blu-ray+DVD+UltraViolet Digital Copy Combo Pack)

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Director Steven Soderbergh’s drama about the American Dream as seen through the eyes of a male stripper is one of the best films of the year, and now it’s available on Blu-ray.  Sadly the extras are slim, as the set includes a brief behind-the-scenes featurette, extended dance sequences, and “Dance Play Mode” which features all the dance sequences edited together.

Secret of the Wings (Four-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy)

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Disney’s latest Tinkerbell animated feature is sure to be a favorite of the kids, and now they can watch it over, and over, and over again on Blu-ray.  Disney’s four-disc combo pack includes the 3D Blu-ray, 2D Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copy versions of the film as well as the short film adventure Pixie Hollow Games, two music videos, and a preview of Fright Light.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World [Blu-ray]

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This end of the world dramedy missed more than it hit, but Seeking a Friend for the End of the World isn’t a terrible film by any means.  The Blu-ray includes what’s sure to be a fun audio commentary with writer/director Lorene Scafaria, her mother Gail Scafaria, producer Joy Gorman Wettels, and stars Adam Brody and Patton Oswalt.  The disc also comes with outtakes, a behind-the-scenes featurette, and a promising featurette that features the cast discussing what songs they’d want on their “End of the World” playlist.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season Four [Blu-ray]

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The fourth season of the animated Star Wars series Star Wars: The Clone Wars is now available on Blu-ray.  The disc includes five audio commentaries and a Blu-ray exclusive featurette called Jedi Temple Archives that delves into early test animations, concept art, and 3D turnarounds for the animated series.

Sunday Bloody Sunday (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

Director John Schlesinger’s 1971 drama Sunday Bloody Sunday is the latest edition to the esteemed Criterion Collection.  The disc features the film’s original trailer, a 24-minute featurette in which author William J. Mann discusses the unique qualities of the film and its script, a featurette on photographer Michael Childers, cast and crew interviews conducted in 2012, and an illustrated booklet with an essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty and cultural historian Ian Buruma.

Take This Waltz [Blu-ray]

 

Director Sarah Polley’s Seth Rogen/Michelle Williams dramedy flew well under the radar for its theatrical release, but will likely find quite a few fans on home video.  The bare-bones Blu-ray comes with a making-of featurette, the film’s theatrical trailer, and “AXS TV: A Look at Take This Waltz.”

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